For those of you who don’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Robert M. Yannetta, author of a few published novels (“The Drow and the Dragon”, “Tribe of the Aquene” and “Redemption and Vengeance”) that I call the “Aquene Trilogy” (and published as a single volume of the same name) since they’re really just one big story broken up into three books. I’m working on a fourth novel now that’s not related to the aforementioned trilogy, a speculative/sci-fi fiction piece that is so far larger than any of the previously mentioned books. I hope to finish it before the cancer takes me.
Oh, that’s right. I have cancer. Yes, the big “C” word has crept into my daily existence. In May 2006 while in the hospital for something unrelated, an X-ray of my torso showed something that wasn’t supposed to be there. After some more testing and a few rides through the donut (MRI scanner), the docs found that I had a very large tumor attached to my small intestine that was dangerously close to my spine. The doctor said that if I didn’t get it out soon, I’d be dead within two weeks. Death is a hell of a motivator, isn’t it? Needless to say, I was under the knife shortly thereafter where the surgeon took out most of my small intestine. While rifling around in the cavity, he also found some cancer lurking around in other organs. Removing the extra would be fatal so he had to leave it. The original tumor was successfully removed but the remaining cancer plagues me to this day. Because of it, I’m considered Stage IV and in a great deal of blinding white, falling to the floor, OMFG-make-it-stop pain. There’s been more surgeries, 18 straight months of chemo and years of additional (horribly painful) treatments, but it’s still there, fucking with me. The docs originally gave me two years. I’m now on year six. Fuck you, cancer.
UPDATE: In 2012, the cancer moved to the bottom of my lungs and is moving quickly consuming them. Every time I inhale, it feels like someone is taking a dull, rusty machete sticking me from the bottom of my lung and thrusting upward. Every. Single. Time. I. Breathe.
Now, here’s some additional info for you:
I tweet to excess. I’m a Twitter junkie and I admit it. Happily. Username there is @ryannetta
When I write, I have a goal of at least 1,667 words a day. Sometimes I hit that goal, sometimes I don’t. Shit happens. I also enjoy reading. A lot. Basically everything I can get my hands on. I have quite a substantial personal library that spans multiple freestanding shelving units. I also have some very nice first editions passed down from my grandparents. I treasure these… and my set of Evil Dead miniatures and comic books my sweetie constantly buys me to keep me happy.
I live in the United States of America in the state of Florida, you know the one, the state that has its own fark.com tag. Yeah, I feel that way too. Someone please save me from this penis-shaped state!
I own Loud Orange Cat Productions, a microbudget film production company that’s made 5 movies in the past. The only reason I stopped is because I went under the knife with the cancer. Would you like to see these movies? All I’ll say is this: with some creative Googling, I’m sure you’ll find all five titles still online where I safely put them.
I love coffee. ’nuff said there.
I use a Mac. Go ahead, get it all out of your system and call me every name in the book. I’ve heard it all and don’t really care. I like my Mac. Depending on my mood, I’ll use one of many different word processing software titles. One day I could be using Scrivener, another day I’ll be using LibreOffice or BBEdit. I’m a firm believer that music inspired creativity and like listening to electronic ambient/drones while I write. I have a lifetime premium subscription to Digitally Imported Radio (DI.FM) and listen to their Ambient channel when writing. I’m also a Nine Inch Nails zealot.
I don’t watch TV nor do I have any clue as to what and who’s popular on it these days. I’m set in my ways and I like my own little closed in universe. Mostly I’m stuck in the 80s and 90s.
I enjoy hearing from fans via IM or Twitter who have questions or just want to say Hi. Don’t be afraid to speak, I don’t bite. My Skype username is darknesstigerpaw. Add me.
And finally, I have a wonderful supportive family that I love with all my heart. Without them, I honestly don’t believe that I would have survived without them. Thank you, guys!
Now, enough with this long winded diatribe about me. Go click on my bookstore and buy yourself a book or two. Or three. The money I earn when you buy my books helps to pay for my hella-expensive cancer therapies and prescriptions. Don’t be shy, buy!